“Instinct” is a intriguingly complex paranormal tale that introduces all manner of beings who each have their own particular code of behavior and goals which may be contradictory. I enjoyed the overall storyline but confess to becoming a bit overwhelmed by the new characters and twists which are constantly introduced that seem to uncover unforeseen pitfalls or responsibilities. There are many intriguing beings who become an integral part of the story in addition to the familiar creatures who shift or drink blood but the scenarios seem to become even more fantastical without a smooth transition so the action is a little erratic to me. The relationship between the two main characters starts off a little shaky but blossoms into an interesting romance even though revelations about the heroine’s true nature seems destined to cause future problems. There are quite a few threads left dangling to whet the reader’s appetite for future episodes in this exhilarating saga which combines thrilling fight scenes and unexpected machinations but hopefully future tales will help clarify some of the mysteries. A nice start to the series.
“Instinct” by J.A. Garland is the action-packed paranormal tale that introduces a talented new author. A complicated struggle involving a wolf shifter named Rory who is not part of a Pack (Perditus) but is employed as an Otherkind Tracker of beings they call Shadows and a mysterious faction which seems determined to destroy him and any allies he can mobilize forms the basis for this exciting story. His investigation into the source of the threat leads him to a woman named Amber Arlington who has mysterious connections in the National Otherkind Association (NOA) and a remarkable background. His wolf identifies her as important but their attraction is threatened by the ongoing efforts of a vampire group which may be much more powerful than they had imagined. Multiple allies are brought into the struggle but it is difficult to distinguish between friends and enemies as the struggle spills over to involve even more beings and it seems that the Shadows may succeed in their bid to take over the world.
Lone wolf, Rory Archer, has never failed at a single mission. But then again, he’s never met a Halfling, either. Finding himself the hunted instead of the hunter, Rory unwinds a twisted trail that leads back to Amber, a spirited Halfling with undeniable ties to his attackers.
Bound to vows initially forged out of necessity, Rory and Amber's relationship quickly surges into more than either of them had bargained on.
Scrambling to identify the mastermind behind their troubles before joining the casualty list himself, Rory is faced with doing the unthinkable, or watching Amber turn into a slave for his species.